April 24, 2018 1:02 pm
Here’s a little snippet of my recent show in Paris!
April 24, 2018 1:02 pm
Here’s a little snippet of my recent show in Paris!
April 2, 2018 2:36 pm
We went to see Sally Mann’s new exhibition at the National Gallery in DC. I truly admire her as an artist. So much of her work speaks to who we are and how we live. Life, death, beauty, illness, nakedness, subjects that she’s not afraid to broach. Both Sally and I have been working with wet plate collodion for a long time. Our work could not look more different really, but then once in awhile, I feel like I may have captured something that she would have turned her lens on.
March 25, 2018 2:58 pm
I’ve been thinking about creating a wall installation in the studio. I have a variety of platinum and cyanotype images already made, but I’ll need a lot of prints for this idea so I’ve been making more.
March 22, 2018 11:13 am
The town of East Hampton is considering paving the iconic “Dirt Lot” beach in Montauk. If you are reading this post and would like to contribute to the cause of keeping the dirt lot dirty, please write a few town board members and tell them how you feel.
March 21, 2018 2:02 pm
Did I mention that there’s a blizzard outside? Kat braved the howling winds of the Gowanus to return some work and chat about photography. Top topics included: a recent trip to Hawaii to photograph surfers, my recent exhibition and talk at the Harn Museum, Fotofest, Sally Mann and bookmaking. For those of you who don’t know Kat she is the Editor-in-Chief of the photography magazine Don’t Take Pictures, as well as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017).
February 17, 2018 3:40 pm
VAST: Sea Salt Sand Sky, is my first survey exhibition. Curated by Carol McCusker, it unifies the last 19 years of my photographing with various materials and media along the shoreline around the globe. It’s a long story that I’ve cajoled and condensed into a 45 minute talk titled: Across The Great Divide, Surfers, Cyanide and Landscape. I hope you can join me on Sunday at 3pm in the Chandler auditorium at the Harn Museum located at the UF Cultural Plaza!
Please contact Von Lintel Gallery for further inquiries about the work
February 9, 2018 11:58 pm
Sunday, February 18, 3 pm
Artist Joni Sternbach will discuss her creative process and the works on view in the exhibition VAST: Sea Salt Sand Sky. She uses both large format film and early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and environmental portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water, contrasting the desert in the American West to iconic surf beaches around the world.
This exhibition is curated by Carol McCusker, PhD, Curator of Photography.
The Harn Museum 3259 Hull Road
Gainesville, Florida 32611-2700
February 7, 2018 1:36 am
Fun times in Hawaii with Kelly and Kalani!
January 23, 2018 12:32 pm
I had the opportunity of visiting HPR while in Hawaii last month. You can listen to my conversation about wet plate photography and surfers here with Chris Vandercook.
December 31, 2017 11:33 am
“Water is nothing if not ingemination,
an encore to the tenacity of life.”
December 22, 2017 4:37 pm
Scanning plates and making prints…stay tuned
November 27, 2017 8:08 am
A big thank you to Bruce Lipsky, one of the first visitors to see my show, VAST at the Harn Museum of Art.
November 21, 2017 10:50 pm
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday-
November 21, 2017 9:00 pm
Backwash is an independent surf anthology brought together by James Bowden, Dan Crockett, Noah Lane, Al Mackinnon, Chris McClean, Matt Smith and Mario Vassiliades. A publication straight from their hearts, raising a flag for the North Atlantic and the North Sea. For every copy sold, they plant one tree.
November 5, 2017 2:53 pm
Upcoming solo exhibition at the Harn Museum of Art
opens November 21- April 24, 2018
VAST: Sea | Salt | Sand | Sky features over seventy photographs by New York artist Joni Sternbach. They picture the sublime vastness of ocean, sky and desert captured on film, and produced as cyanotype, platinum/palladium, gelatin silver or pigment prints and video. VAST also includes Sternbach’s most celebrated series, Surfland, a mesmerizing array of surfer portraits (some of noted surfers) made on beaches around the world in the 19th century wet plate collodion process. Applying almost every photographic form there is, the artist uses a variety of matrices (glass, film, video), camera sizes (the largest, a 16×20” view camera) and lenses (including a 1840s Petzval Portrait lens) to create exquisitely detailed imagery. “I have pursued historic mediums,” says Sternbach, “as a way to have a conversation with history, and play with photography.”
The word “vast” references the subject and scale of Sternbach’s prints, and the reverie she finds there. Her expansive vistas include history (marking the passage of time and change) and the contemporary sublime (terrifying and awesome in the earth’s beauty and power). Her surfer portraits shift this inward meditation outward to where surfer’s bodies and boards master the ocean’s edge, finding euphoria there.
The exhibition is curated by Carol McCusker, PhD, Curator of Photography.
The artist will give a public lecture in the Harn’s Chandler Auditorium on Sunday, February 18, at 3 p.m.
October 3, 2017 11:01 pm
Read it here on Feature Shoot
September 29, 2017 6:46 am
Photoville has been showcasing photography in Brooklyn for many years now. They include a vast array of artist’s work, photojournalism and lectures…all about photography. Penumbra Foundation has been shooting tintypes there for almost as long. This year I volunteered to shoot with them for a few hours. It’s almost like shooting at the beach in mid summer, minus the bathing/wet suits and surfers.
August 22, 2017 6:51 am
Not being close to the path of totality, I settled for leaf pinhole shadows on bluestone with my Leica.
August 10, 2017 10:43 am
A fanatastic interview (better read in Spanish) with Mercedes Benz Magazine in Uruguay.
July 31, 2017 7:09 am
Upcoming show curated by Jeff Moorfoot at the Pingyao Photo Festival. Exhibition runs September 19-25, 2017.
June 29, 2017 10:46 pm
Some upcoming shows and recent publication with Smithsonian Magazine.
June 22, 2017 9:05 pm
Remembering that beautiful barn that was on North Main Street in East Hampton
June 15, 2017 5:20 am
Stoked to have the cover of the summer issue of Blur. Download it here
May 18, 2017 12:59 pm
Come play with wet plate and me this summer in this 2 day workshop on July 29-30th, 2017.
February 10, 2017 2:11 am
It’s true, I’ve always wanted to photograph surfers in a barrel
February 4, 2017 2:02 pm
January 3, 2017 2:35 am
If you are concerned about the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump please save the date for The Other Inaugural Ball–an art event in protest and a call for community action in Portland, Maine on January 21, 2017.
This event will take place over the weekend of the Presidential Inauguration and will feature poetry readings by award winning poets; a spoken word open mic slam; art exhibitions at3+ galleries; dance performances by Hi Tiger, the Sudo Girls, and the Theater Ensemble of Color; an interactive theater workshops with The Angle Project from NYC; and a keynote address by community activist Fatuma Hussein. We are coming together to support one another and to reimagine a future through greater connection and hope.
All this will culminate in a DJ dance party with 32French at the Maine Charitable Mechanics Hall on Saturday January 21 at 7pm.
We want you there. Save the date for The Other Inaugural Ball.
For updated info please go towww.weareamericanbeauty.org
December 16, 2016 10:58 am
7 days, 7 images on the World Photography Instagram feed
Surfland on the World Photography Organisation Blog
December 13, 2016 10:28 pm
To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
Terry Tempest Williams
December 12, 2016 10:42 pm
November 20, 2016 9:26 am
Lots of gratitude to all the folks at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the 2nd place award in the Taylor Wessing Portrait competition.
November 11, 2016 7:38 am
“There is a plain unbroken prairie of open sea, lined and rippled with myriad smiling trails of minute undulations, dark and sombrous and profoundly calm, over the dead below — smooth as a tombstone.”
— From Journal of the Photographic Society, February 21, 1857
October 27, 2016 3:30 pm
This is the last week to see Her Wave at Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles. Through October 29, 2016
September 28, 2016 5:45 am
Current exhibition at MOCA Jacksonville. Please join me for an artist talk on October 20th at 7PM.
September 12, 2016 10:31 am
So stoked to be on the shortlist for National Portait Gallery’s 2016 Taylor Wessing portrait prize.
August 25, 2016 6:46 am
An exhibition of unique tintype photographs by Joni Sternbach
Opening reception: Saturday, September 10, 6-8PM
2685 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034
September 10 – October 29, 2016
August 12, 2016 2:46 pm
July 14, 2016 12:48 pm
I am so pleased to be part of this exhibition in Holland which has been extended through August 14th:
Noorderlicht Photofestival returns to Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen for the Noorderlicht Photofestival 2016. For ARENA twenty-one artists have been invited from around the world, showing with their respective images a part of the bigger story.
We live in a time when our global culture has subordinated nature. It has become almost impossible to experience unspoilt land, no matter how far we direct our gaze. What remains once humanity and its thirst for action have left the stage, in search of ever greener pastures? With ARENA Noorderlicht casts a forensic look at the traces left behind in the landscape.
The 2016 Noorderlicht Photofestival will take place at Museum Belvédère and outdoor areas in Heerenveen/Oranjewoud. The Museum is situated on the Oranjewoud estate, with splendid gardens and water features and a rich cultural history. NOTE: PART OF ARENA IS EXTENDED – by popular demand – UNTIL 14th AUGUST!!
May 24, 2016 3:26 pm
I m so pleased to be included in this provocative exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysée.
The Memory of the Future. Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future, the Musée de l’Elysée encourages contemporary artists to take a close look at photography as a medium, innovates as it reveals a 3D digitization technology developed by Artmyn, a spin-off from Lausanne’s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), and displays its unique visual heritage.
The exhibition opens up a dialogue between the work of the pioneers of photographic techniques (the past), those of contemporary artists that breathe new life into these skills (the present), and avant-garde technologies that update these early processes (the future).
Works from the museum’s collections, contemporary artists and new technologies come face to face and join forces to give a brand new vision of the history of photography.
A book covering the exhibition is also available
Tatyana Franck, Musée de l’Elysée, assisted by Lydia Dorner and Emilie Delcambre
April 27, 2016 6:48 pm
I’m stoked to have been part of the new film, The Women And The Waves 2, by Heather Hudson. Here’s a fabulous clip of us making the group tintype portrait.
Next Screening in Santa Barbara, California
SURF NITE AT THE NEW VIC THEATRE
WITH A BENEFIT RAFFLE FOR HEAL THE OCEAN
Music* Films* Benefit for Heal the Ocean
Saturday, May 21 * 6pm * Tickets available online:
If you’re in Santa Cruz, CA the film will be screening Saturday, May 7th at Sawyer Land and Sea Supply.
April 7, 2016 1:16 pm
Image: 15.09.13 #6 Elephant Guns, Hossegor, France 8×10 inch Unique Tintype 2015, From the series Surfland
New large format tintypes from the series SURFLAND at AIPAD, Rick Wester Fine Art, Booth 102.
April 14-17, 2016
Park Avenue Armory
643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Show hours: Thursday-Saturday 11-7 and Sunday 11-6 PM
Installation photo courtesy Harris Fogel
April 2, 2016 9:03 am
It’s an honor to find my work on the walls of another photographer’s home.
Light and Shadow: Photographer Pia Ulin at Home in Brooklyn in Remodelista
March 14, 2016 7:15 pm
March 7, 2016 10:54 am
The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton hosts a PechaKucha only a few times a year. Artists, designers, chefs, gardeners, writers and storytellers all gather together to tell their story with words and pictures in 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Join us on Friday, March 11th from 6-8PM. I’ll be there! For tickets, click here.
February 26, 2016 7:27 pm
Some very nice press for Surf Site Tin Type from Yahoo.
February 4, 2016 12:13 am
Please join me for a couple of upcoming events in the Golden state.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Book Party & Signing, 2-4pm
Tower 20, Santa Monica, CA
Saturday, February 20, 2016,
artist talk and book signing.
Sawyer Land and Sea Supply, Santa Cruz, CA
January 24, 2016 11:31 pm
January 21, 2016 3:41 pm
Photographer Joni Sternbach (@jstersurf) gets a lot of attention when she takes her wet-plate collodion equipment, used for the intricate photo process made famous during the U.S. Civil War, to beaches around the world. Besides the large cameras, pre-mixed chemicals and jugs of water, a dark box is required to create her tintype photos. “Once you go to a small beach with a big outfit you are very noticeable,” the native New Yorker says. Sunbathers, surfers and swimmers all wonder what’s inside, often asking her whether it’s a puppet show or cappuccino maker. “The size of the camera and the immediacy of the wet-plate collodion is what really draws people into this project,” Joni says. “That is why the process is so important to me.” Photo by @jstersurf
January 8, 2016 5:15 pm
I’m delighted to be in such great company with Elizabeth Avedon’s 2015 photo book round up.
December 23, 2015 3:32 pm
Wishing you all a little holiday magic!
December 15, 2015 10:24 pm
Holiday Magic! “Surf Site Tin Type” (now in its second edition) is featured in Vogue’s Best Photography Books to give, from 2015!
December 2, 2015 10:15 am
November 24, 2015 3:45 pm
Aloha friends! This year, several of my tintypes will be traveling with Rick Wester Fine Art to Miami for the PULSE contemporary art fair. If you are in Miami, please do stop by! The fair is recognized as a platform for both established and emerging galleries to present their artists to an international audience, and also provides an exciting environment for visitors to discover new work by some of the most compelling contemporary artists today.
This year, the fair will be open to the public from Tuesday, December 1st – Saturday, December 5th. For visitor information and ticket pricing, click here.
My tintypes will be shown in booth N-209, though I do encourage you to really explore all of the fair.
November 19, 2015 11:26 pm
Last week I was in Paris, but before that I flew to Santa Barbara to photograph a group shot for the new Women and The Waves film by Heather Hudson. We came together from points east, west, north and south, meeting at the beach on a beautiful Saturday in November.
This image was made with an 11×14 camera.
November 16, 2015 7:50 pm
This tragedies of this past week’s events put an end to so many lives and our best laid plans. It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that my visit to this incredibly beautiful city ended so abruptly. Stay strong Paris.
October 28, 2015 6:14 pm
I’m delighted to announce that I will be having a book signing at Paris Photo Grand Palais this year. I will be signing copies of my newest monograph, Surf Site Tin Type, which is now in its second printing. If you happen to be in Paris, please stop by the fair to say hello and pick up your copy. The Grand Palais, a beautiful building in the heart of Paris, is located near the Louvre museum, at the Avenue Winston Churchill.
This year, over 140 galleries from 33 countries will exhibit photographic work spanning time, medium, and location, showcasing the versatility and breadth of photography. Many galleries will have small exhibitions of select photographers’ work, while other foundations will host artist talks and lectures, signings, and photo-book awards. While the fair’s full list of programming certainly is exciting, I hope that you can join me at the Damiani booth EE19 on Saturday, November 14th, at 4PM.
I look forward to seeing you there!
October 25, 2015 4:05 pm
Yesterday I was listening to The Last Cowboy Song on youtube and because there’s no moving images, they presented a slide show where I came across this image. It reminded me of a tintype I shot last year in California. What do you think, was I channeling an age old tradition of cowboy dreams?
August 23, 2015 11:54 pm
Many years ago I bought a handmade book with an antique tintype of a woman embedded into the cover. I intended to turn the book into a photo album of my pictures or maybe even my father’s. However, as I assessed the pictures in my archive and my fathers, I found none that I deemed worthy of this book with a beautiful cover. It remains blank to this day. The tintype on the cover beguiled me with the importance and meaning of a portrait. I did not know when I discovered this book, that I would one day be making tintypes myself.
The art and craft of making wet-plate collodion, tintypes is elaborate and dirty work. The silver nitrate used to sensitize the plates can oxidize on your skin and form a dark brown stain. The process is a finicky one that necessitates patience, experience and a touch of luck to make a good plate. It requires a portable darkbox or tent to sensitize and develop your plates in while on location. Your plates are the same size as the back of your camera, so if you want large plates, you must have a large camera.
The tin is coated with collodion (a mixture of gun cotton, alcohol and ether) and poured by hand on to your plate. It’s then sensitized in a bath of silver nitrate for several minutes. Once that’s done it’s placed into the back of the camera and it’s ready for exposure. Exposure times are guesstimated, and because the process is a wet one, the speed of the medium is very slow. My exposures range from ½ second to minutes, depending on subject matter, lens and light.
The next step is development, which is done in the dark box. Once developed and rinsed, the plate is taken out of the dark box and into the daylight where it’s fixed. This is the moment of excitement and discovery. As the plate is submerged into the fixer bath it transforms right in front of your eyes. It goes from looking like a bluish negative to becoming a positive image on blackened metal…in essence, a tintype.
This dark art, the craft of collodion is like old-fashioned magic. There are potions and elixirs that stain your fingers and have a strong smell. There is a dark box with a cloth of mystery and enchantment. There is a feeling of anticipation and exhilaration as each plate emerges from the fixer. The sense of collaboration is palpable, as my subjects and I both wait for the image to clear, to see if we each held up our end and made a good picture.